There is a growing interest in integrating clean energy technologies in new construction. And we’re not talking solar capabilities. Venger Wind, an American enterprise, is pushing for more small wind systems to help reduce companies’ dependence on expensive electricity that usually is produced by more carbon-emitting sources such as coal-fired power plants.
One of its more prominent clients, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation bills itself as owning the largest building integrated wind system in the States. With technology from Venger, the installation uses 18 vertical axis wind turbines that are about 18.5 feet tall and start generating power at speeds of about 8.9 miles per hour. Each turbine is capable of generating 4.5 kilowatts, which is enough to keep the operations of the new research tower running without power from the grid.
The push toward net-zero buildings is also helping increase interest in building integrated solar photovoltaic (BIPV) technology, which is now expected to drive more than $2.4 billion in revenue by 2017. If predictions are to be believed, BIPV technologies will account for about 4.6 gigawatts (GW) in new capacity by that time.
In short, it’s revolutionary how much wind and solar technology contributes to the push for net-zero buildings to produce as much power as they use.